A day with the crew from Sweetgrass Rods sweetgrassrods.com in Twin Bridges, MT. Master rod builders Glenn Bracket and Jerry Kustich build the finest bamboo fly rods in the world, and possess knowledge and experience that is unequaled. Definitely worth a trip to the factory if you're in this part of Montana.
Dave Delisi and Luca Troiani head up the next generation of builders at Sweetgrass, and took us out for a day of fishing on the Ruby River Habitat rubyhabitat.org, so we could experience fishing with Sweetgrass Rods.
Music courtesy of our good friend Matt Sullivan and the Montucky Cropdusters, from Bozeman, MT. "Freedom Man" from With All Due Respect. Find them on iTunes.
Equipment: Panasonic GH3, Rode VideoMic Pro, SLR Magic 12mm 1.6, SLR Magic 35mm 1.4, Nikkor 105mm 2.5, Asahi Super Takumar 55mm f4 macro, Aviator Jib.
80 years of collected rod building experience goes into each hand crafted Sweetgrass bamboo fly rod. Hand built in Twin Bridges, Sweetgrass fly rods follow a tradition of expert craftsmanship to create one of the smoothest casting and highest performance cane rods on the market. A few of the guides from Western Rivers Flyfisher were lucky enough to fish an 8'3'' 5WT Mantra 5 side to some picky trout on a local small stream. It performed beautifully with small flies, protected light tippets, and even threw dry-dropper with ease.